Wednesday, January 14, 2004

ah, the Reg

gotta love the Reg. last night the library services send me an email claiming that i have a book out on loan and it is so overdue that i will soon owe the Reg 100 dollars in fines, at which point my account gets suspended and i can't borrow books. which is bad, since i have a research paper to write this quarter, which generally means twenty books in various stages of being read strewn all over my floor.

only one problem with this very polite, helpful email: i never took the book out of the library, i've never seen the book, i don't recognise either the call number or the title [which i looked up on the helpful elibrary catalog. fun.]

so i email them back informing them there's been a mistake, blahblahblah.

this morning i receive a polite email saying that the book has been put 'on claim' [presumably referring to the fact that the patron -that would be me i suppose...a patron?- is claiming innocence. i dislike that word -'claim'-; it resounds of disbelief and suspicion] while the library conducts an 'intense search' of the shelves. -grin- and then it continues by saying this usually takes between three to four months. my library privileges continue as normal in the meantime.

two things popped into my head:

(1) three to four months is a long time; and
(2) three to four months is an incredibly short time to conduct an 'intense' search of the library shelves for a single book, if the library in question is the J. Regenstein at the U of C. there are literally miles of shelves in there. there are millions of volumes in there. how does one even begin to locate a missing book in a library that size? i can't find missing books in my own house.

each library book should have a tiny personal locator with a GPS tracker on it. -grin- that way the Reg could tell you instantly if the book was in the library system at all. or if not, whose house/apartment/car/trash can it is currently residing in. that would be nifty. =)

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